RSF publishes report on online harassment of journalists

first_img News News March 13, 2018 Find out more READ THE REPORTon online harassmentThe perpetrators may be ordinary “haters” (individuals or communities of individuals hiding behind their screens) or “troll armies” of online mercenaries created by authoritarian regimes. In both cases the goal is the same, to silence journalists whose reporting annoys, often using exceptionally abusive methods.For months, RSF documented these new online attacks and analyzed the modus operandi of the press freedom predators, who have been able to exploit the latest technologies to extend their oppressive reach.“Online harassment is a phenomenon that is spreading throughout the world and now constitutes one of the gravest threats to press freedom,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We have discovered that information wars are not just waged between countries at the international level. Journalism’s predators also deploy troll armies to hunt down and harass all those who investigate and report the facts honestly. These despots let their mercenaries train their guns on journalists on the virtual terrain as others do in actual war zones.”What RSF’s report reveals:●    It is hard to establish a direct link between governments and online conspiracies against journalists. RSF has investigated and documented cases of online harassment of journalists in 32 countries, shedding light on hate campaigns orchestrated by authoritarian or oppressive regimes in such countries as China, India, Turkey, Vietnam, Iran and Algeria.●    RSF has analysed the modus operandi of the press freedom predators, who orchestrate their online attacks against journalists in three stages: Disinformation : journalistic content on social networks is drowned in a flood of fake news and pro-government content;Amplification : the impact of pro-government content is artificially enhanced by commentators who are paid by the government to post messages on social networks or by bots, computer programmes that automatically generate posts;Intimidation : journalists are personally targeted, insulted and threatened, in order to discredit them and reduce them to silence.● These aggressive cyberharassment campaigns are also waged by communities of individuals or political groups in supposedly democratic countries such as Mexico, and even in countries that are ranked at the top of the World Press Freedom Index such as Sweden and Finland.●The consequences are often dramatic: many of the cyberharassment victims RSF spoke to said they had ended up censoring themselves in response to the torrents of online abuse, the scale of which they had never imagined possible●Women journalists are affected the most by cyberharassment. Two thirds of women journalists have been the victims of harassment and, in 25% of the cases, the harassment occurred online.●In India, for instance, freelance journalist Rana Ayyub is attacked online by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trolls, called Yoddhas, who target her because of her investigative reporting on Modi’s rise to power. “I’ve been called Jihadi Jane, Islamo fascist [and] ISIS sex slave,” she said. “My face has been superimposed on a naked body and my mother’s photograph has been taken from my Instagram account and photoshopped in the most objectionable manner possible.”●Mexican investigative journalists such as Alberto Escorcia are also targeted by trolls. He was threatened after shedding light on how “dormant” online accounts are used to influence election campaigns, as in Mexico’s recent elections for president, deputies, senators and governors.●In the Philippines, Maria Ressa was attacked by trolls while the news website she edits, Rappler, was the target of judicial harassment. Philippine journalists who, like her, cover the government in a critical manner have been constantly targeted since Rodrigo Duterte’s election as president in 2016.●In France, two men were given six-month suspended prison sentences and fined 2,000 euros at the start of July for threatening radio reporter Nadia Daam online. A third man, who had threatened her after the trial, was then also given a six-month suspended prison sentence.●Companies such as Devumi that specialize in selling fake social media accounts have a direct responsibility in the amplification of these online threats. Large-scale harassment of journalists has never been so easy and so inexpensive.●In response to these findings, RSF has formulated 25 recommendations for governments, the international community, online platforms, media outlets and advertisers with the aim of addressing these new digital threats. RSF’s report also includes a tutorial entitled “Journalists – how to deal with troll armies” that reminds journalists about the digital security practices they should adopt.Read the report June 5, 2018 Find out more Organisation RSF urges Indian authorities to protect woman journalist Related documents rsf_report_on_online_harassment.pdfPDF – 6.35 MB April 27, 2018 Find out more In a report published today, entitled “Online harassment of journalists: the trolls attack”, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) voices concern about the scale of a new threat to press freedom, the mass harassment of journalists online. July 25, 2018 – Updated on August 1, 2018 RSF publishes report on online harassment of journalistscenter_img Help by sharing this information Online freedoms WomenInternet News Trial spotlights need to prosecute trolls who threaten journalists Philippine government brings two new complaints against Rappler to go further Online freedoms WomenInternet News RSF_en last_img read more

Financing for global LNG projects becoming hard to find—report

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Prospects for nearly half of the world’s projects to build infrastructure for exporting liquefied natural gas have faltered in recent months, amid rising concerns about climate change, public protests and delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report published Tuesday.Out of 45 major LNG export projects in pre-construction development globally, at least 20 – representing a capital outlay of some $292 billion – are now facing delays to their financing, researchers at Global Energy Monitor found.That marks a stark shift by investors away from what many had considered a promising fuel market, already buffeted by slower growth in demand, rising competition from renewable energy technologies and opposition over the industry’s climate-warming emissions.The vice president of the European Investment Bank said the report underlined the unacceptable risk of investing in LNG assets. “Investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure like liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals is increasingly an economically unsound decision,” Andrew McDowell told Reuters in an email.The bank had announced in November that it would stop financing fossil fuel projects at the end of 2021.In total, companies had announced plans to build $758 billion of projects that are as yet in the pre-construction phase. But with 20 projects now in jeopardy, including nine in the United States, that planned capital outlay could be reduced by $292 billion, or 38%, if the delays persist indefinitely, the researchers told Reuters. As for future projects, 12 companies had said at the start of this year that they planned to make final investment decisions in 2020 to build new LNG export plants in North America, according to a Reuters survey. That total is now down to four, and analysts only expect one project to move forward this year.[Matthew Green and Scott DiSavino]More: Global LNG projects jeopardized by climate concerns, pandemic delays – report Financing for global LNG projects becoming hard to find—reportlast_img read more

Premier League hits and misses: What’s happened to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? Can Leicester go all the way again? | Football News

first_imgRemember ‘where would Arsenal be without Auba?’ preview image 2:51 When Leicester won the Premier League in 2015/16, we asked if they could keep it up. They did. When they were in the title race until Christmas last season, we asked if they could keep it up. They couldn’t.That recent history suggests it would be premature to cast too harsh a judgement on Brendan Rodgers side’s sensational start, with six wins from eight in the Premier League and six in a row across all competitions.Certainly, the early signs are good. Last season they fell apart without Wilfred Ndidi and never really recovered. This season, they have had him fit for two of their eight games, and are currently enjoying their best-ever start to a Premier League season.This is not a prophecy that Leicester are going to win the Premier League. Some of their rivals have more resources, more quality and crucially, more experience of success.But at the very least, there is little to suggest last season’s top-four surge was a flash-in-the-pan effort. Thrashing Leeds and Braga and then beating Wolves needed three different performances, but Leicester passed all three tests comfortably. In Wesley Fofana they look to have landed a gem at the back – and one they badly needed as we saw after the restart last season.The real question will be that longevity. The coronavirus break did little to help Rodgers’ boys last season, but they had picked up only 14 points from the 12 games beforehand anyway. Stopping that drop-off this season – which given their Ndidi-less form so far looks a possibility – will be key.And anyway, the esteemed wisdom has been wrong before. If you cannot dream of a title challenge in these crazy times, when the intensity of the truncated calendar is playing havoc with every team to differing extents, then when?Ron WalkerLiverpool coping without VVD so far – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Aston Villa’s win over Arsenal 3:00 Manchester City head into the international break not in the top-10 of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola could be forgiven for being a little disoriented; he is used to looking down rather than up in terms of a league position. This has been the worst start after seven league games of Guardiola’s managerial career in terms of points, wins, goals scored and conceded.Of course, some context is needed. City have a game in hand and a win would take them into the European spots.However, my eyes still haven’t been completely taken with Guardiola’s boys so far this season. It’s their own fault for the sky-high limits they have set in previous seasons but their intensity seems to be more Korma than Vindaloo on the spice radar.In the opening 20 minutes against Liverpool, they looked a level or two inferior to the champions. With some cuter final balls or finishing then Jurgen Klopp’s men could have built a meatier lead. Gabriel Jesus’ goal came against the run of play and was a big turning point. Up until then, City created little of note – a common theme for their season so far.“Their lack of goals is a big concern for City,” noted Roy Keane.The expected goals data back that up. In the last three season under Guardiola, their attacking xG has averaged out at 2.56 per game. This season that figure is at 1.57.If the top-two from last season are going to fill those places again, City need to find more.Lewis JonesBarkley ready to rekindle Euro 2020 hopes preview image It barely caused a ripple outside of Aston Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training complex when as Gareth Southgate’s 29-man squad for November’s games against Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland was revealed, Ross Barkley’s name was not on that lengthy list.His loan switch to Villa was in some quarters derided as a backwards step, but the former Everton midfielder continued his resurgence as Villa ripped Arsenal apart at the Emirates.Dean Smith said: “He’s a marquee signing for us to bring in on loan and has been around a club that are perennial winners. He wanted to get game time to try to get into the Euro squad. His performances at the moment will certainly be nudging Gareth [Southgate], showing he’s hungry for business. He’s playing extremely well.”The 26-year-old is someone who has progressed through his career always happy to defy his critics. His improvement has gone a little under the radar, but the man himself will not have given up on making a late dash for next summer’s tournament, along with Jack Grealish.With Smith managing to operate the two technicians so effectively, Barkley’s latest display has given Southgate plenty to consider, fuelling the debate over England’s absence of creativity ahead of another international window.Ben GroundsKane saves the day for Spurs again FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester’s win over Wolves in the Premier League. When Liverpool lost Virgil van Dijk to injury against Everton, their detractors rushed to question how they would possibly cope without their star centre-back. Six games on, and with just three goals conceded, Jurgen Klopp will be satisfied with how his squad have stepped up to cover the Dutchman’s absence.There have been tough tests along the way, including Serie A top scorers Atalanta, who were shutout on Tuesday, and there have been a variety of players used alongside Joe Gomez.Nat Phillips came in and delivered a man of the match performance against West Ham, 19-year-old Rhys Williams has seamlessly stepped into the world of Champions League football, and on Sunday fit-again Joel Matip brought his experience and composure to the backline at the Etihad.The German was making just his third Premier League start since October 2019 but you wouldn’t have guessed it. Up against Manchester City’s wealth of attacking talent, he and Gomez limited Pep Guardiola’s side to just two shots on target.There is still a long way to go but so far Liverpool’s capable youngsters and more experienced centre-back options have shown the immediate panic about the implications of Van Dijk’s injury were a little excessive.Peter SmithMan City still struggling to hit usual levels Joel Matip shields the ball from Gabriel JesusImage:Joel Matip impressed against Man City FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham’s win over West Brom in the Premier League – Advertisement – West Brom should have taken at least a point against Tottenham. They were by far the better side in the first half and worked their blue and white socks off to try and keep an in-form Spurs from scoring after the break.But despite an 88th minute gut punch, Slaven Bilic was practically gleeful at full-time, telling Sky Sports: “If we play like this in every game, then we will have a chance… If you have chances against Spurs, you’ll have chances against less quality teams.“I told the guys that every game is an opportunity and we showed that today, but this is a bonus game… We’re disappointed but at the same time, very positive about the performance.”They did not look like a team without a win this season but that is the crux of the matter – after eight games, West Brom have just three points on the board, have the worst goal difference in the league and are in danger of being cut adrift before Christmas.They also need to improve their final product. Hugo Lloris made just two saves and there was also a sensational off-the-line clearance from Eric Dier. Yes, they were without the creative sparks of Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana, but there were a few wild shots flying around.But you hope Bilic is proven correct and West Brom can keep producing the same impressive performances, especially against the teams around them, and can go a step further to secure those vital points.Charlotte Marsh FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool in the Premier League. preview image Ross Barkley enjoyed his evening at the Emirates - England soon?Image:Ross Barkley enjoyed his evening at the Emirates – England soon? 2:56 preview image Indeed, Aubameyang has registered just 10 shots on target in eight league games – a growing concern for Arteta following a second straight home defeat.“It’s a team function and a collective thing we have to do more with the end product,” the Spaniard said when Aubameyang’s struggles were put to him.“Of course, we can talk about if he’s in the right or wrong place but he was scoring before. We need to maintain the numbers we had defensively in our organisation and we have to improve our attacking numbers if we want to compete with the big teams.”This was a collective setback for Arsenal, but where so often Aubameyang would drag them to victory last term, the goals have dried up ever since he signed a new three-year contract in September.It was the first time he’s played the full 90 minutes in a home Premier League match for Arsenal without attempting a shot, but part of a growing trend that will worry Arsenal supporters.Ben GroundsLeicester look the real deal – can they keep it up? Mikel Arteta admitted he couldn’t see the “spirit” of his Arsenal team as Ollie Watkins’ quick-fire double helped Aston Villa return to winning ways at the Emirates on Sunday night.The Gunners offered very little in reply with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failing to register a single shot on target. The forward has scored just two Premier League goals this season and not from open play since against Fulham on the opening weekend.- Advertisement – West Brom’s Slaven Bilic admitted he was disappointed with the result against Tottenham but thinks if they’re brave and committed as they were then they will have a chance this season 2:56 – Advertisement – 2:53 As if anyone needed reminding, Harry Kane is still Tottenham’s hero and turned up with the goods once again on Sunday. He bailed them out of a potential embarrassment, nodding home in the 88th minute to secure a 1-0 win against winless West Brom.It was his 150th Premier League goal – leading nicely on from his 200th Tottenham goal on Thursday – with only Alan Shearer (212) and Sergio Aguero (217) reaching the landmark faster than Kane (218).Despite a general lack of creative spark from Spurs, the England captain was the one trying to make something happen. He had a total of seven shots – the most of his team – and although only one was on target, it was the winner. It takes Kane to 13 goals in 14 games across all competitions for Tottenham so far this season, including ten assists.In his post-match press conference, manager Jose Mourinho said: “When you go to stats in relation to the strikers, I always say that the stats should be how many goals they’ve scored and what he did for his team in the matches where he didn’t score. With many strikers, their history would be an incredible number of goals that they scored plus zero.“With Harry Kane, you have this number of goals, this number of assists, this number of balls recovered, this number of duels won, this number of balls he saved his team in a defensive set-piece. This is Harry Kane.“So for me, it is not about one more goal or one less goal. It’s about what he is as a player.”Kane did well on that front too. He was involved in 19 duels – again, the highest among the Tottenham team – and won 47.4 per cent of them with eight being aerial. As Mourinho said, Kane continues to demonstrate his ability and contributions across the field as a Premier League legend in the making.Charlotte MarshWest Brom show spirit – but no pointslast_img read more

Redskins cut top tackler Mason Foster, reports say

first_img Redskins’ Derrius Guice downplays hamstring injury Related News Redskins’ Trent Williams likely to hold out from training camp, report says By releasing him, Washington saves $4 million against the salary cap.According to ESPN, Foster, 30, was a target to be cut this offseason because of his limited pass-coverage skills, but the Redskins kept him on the roster as insurance. The Redskins on Tuesday informed veteran linebacker Mason Foster that they plan to release him, according to multiple reports that cited unidentified sources.CNN’s Erin Hawksworth was the first to report the news, one day before the team’s training camp starts, and it was confirmed by ESPN. Redskins’ Josh Norman says running with the bulls in Pamplona brought him ‘peace’ and ‘joy’ The team’s linebacker situation was in limbo after Reuben Foster tore his ACL in offseason work, but the Redskins signed veteran Jon Bostic and felt comfortable enough with him to let Mason Foster go.He has been with the Redskins for four seasons, starting 38 games, and was their leading tackler last year with 133 total stops. He also had two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a sack.Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Anderson, Shaun Dion Hamilton (who can play both inside linebacker spots) and rookie first-round edge rusher Montez Sweat also are listed on the Redskins unofficial depth chart.last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez scores, sees red as Inter stay top

first_imgAlexis Sanchez scores for Inter Milan. PHOTO via @InterMilan, Italy | AFP | Alexis Sanchez scored and was sent off in an eventful first Inter Milan start as his new club maintained their perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win at Sampdoria to stay top of Serie A ahead of champions Juventus, who eased past SPAL 2-0.Manchester United flop Sanchez moved to Italy on a season-long loan deal after failing to live up to expectations at Old Trafford and the Chilean international made a big impact in Genoa, deflecting in Stefano Sensi’s long-range opener after 20 minutes and tapping in another Sensi cross two minutes later.However the 30-year-old was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for diving just after the break, leaving his side to play the entire second half a man down and wobbling after Jakub Jankto pulled one back in the 55th minute.But Roberto Gagliardini slotted in the third goal just after an hour to give Antonio Conte’s side a huge boost days before their trip to Barcelona in the Champions League.“A situation arose that could have killed anyone, but not us, not these lads,” said former Chelsea manager Conte.“We were exceptional to hold out, we were even able to balance the situation from the bench with changes for the battle.“Now we have to recover and prepare for Barcelona. It’s a valuable experience and can help us to mature.”Inter have a maximum 18 points from six games — two ahead of Juve — after winning their first six league matches for the first time since the 1966-67 season, with the pair set for a top-of-the-table clash at the San Siro next weekend.“Juventus have won eight Serie A titles in a row, and are a solid team,” said Conte, who coached Juve to the first three titles in the series.“We are glad to go into the head-to-head with 18 points.”Samp meanwhile are rock-bottom with three points after a dreadful start under Eusebio Di Francesco, level with SPAL following their defeat at the hands of Juve.Cristiano Ronaldo notched up his third consecutive goal at home this season after 78 minutes to add to Miralem Pjanic’s opener just before the break.Ronaldo was rested for the midweek win over Brescia as a precaution with a slight muscular problem ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen in Turin. “Inter? I haven’t watched them play yet this season,” said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.“I’ve read they’re doing well, but I had no doubts considering who their coach is. For now our thoughts are just on the Champions League match against Leverkusen.”– Buffon sets new record –Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was unworried by SPAL as the 41-year-old made his 903rd club football appearance, surpassing the Italian record of 902 achieved by AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini.The damage could have been worse at the other end but for some fine saves from SPAL’s Albanian goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.Berisha, on-loan from Atalanta, stopped Paulo Dybala’s curling goal-bound effort just after half an hour, and then parried a point-blank Aaron Ramey header from a Ronaldo cross in front of goal.Pjanic had a shot cleared off the line before connecting with a Sami Khedira assist to fire in from a distance for his second goal of the season after the winner at Brescia on Tuesday.Dybala set up Ronaldo for the second with the Portuguese star’s downward header beating Berisha, after he had been frustrated in two earlier efforts.Berisha again proved solid as he denied Ronaldo in the hosts’ final attack of the game, as the side from Emilia Romagna fell to their fifth defeat in six games.Third-placed Atalanta travel to mid-table Sassuolo later Saturday before their first ever Champions League home game against Shaktar Donetsk midweek.Last year’s runners-up Napoli host Mario Balotelli’s Brescia on Sunday desperate for a win after their surprise midweek home reversal at the hands of Cagliari.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more